Cuyamaca Equestrian Association Update for October 2009

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.
Meeting day and location: CEA meetings are the first Thursday each month at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street, El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha). The meetings start at 7 p.m. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit.
The next meeting will be Thursday November 5th, 2009. Remember: CEA does NOT meet in December.
Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or

CEA is continuing to negotiate a settlement with respect to Los Caballos. The trial date (unless the matter is resolved before that time) will be January 22, 2010, CEA remains committed to preserving the family camping experience in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Please send a tax deductible donation to support CEA legal efforts. Tax deductible donations may be written to CEA and sent to CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916. Any donation of $500 or more will be matched and also qualifies for a refund (proportional to expenses incurred) if the lawsuit settles or we prevail in court with fees paid by State Parks. Thanks to all who have supported this legal action.

CEA Board positions
Three CEA Board positions were filled, each by unanimous vote. You may remember that alternating halves of the board are elected each year, to avoid having an entirely new board all at once. The newly elected members are: Bernie Martin, Ernie Smith, and Cindy McKievick. Many thanks to them for their willingness to put in the time and effort required for this work.

Park News:
• Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need your help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. Information on the CEA website
• Trail conditions – Granite Springs has water again, but be prepared in case it goes dry! Water is available at Dyer Springs. Ceonothus is making some trails unridable, such as Harvey Moore from Granite Springs to Harpers Creek and parts of the West Mesa Trail. Trail Maintenance Unit really could use some help to take the trails back! The weather is cooling off, so we have some great working days ahead.

• A reminder to all trail users: Please stay on the trails, gently encourage others to stay on trails, and always be respectful of Park Rangers, volunteers, and staff.
• CHSA (California State Horsemen’s Association) TRAP (Trail Riders Award Program) – Opportunity to keep track of your riding for your fun and awards, and also to document trail use. Contact: Ann Laux Tipps
• Camping and riding opportunities:
o Los Coyotes Horse Camp, site of the CEA Gathering in 2007, has reopened for horse camping only. Contact: Los Coyotes office: 760-782-0711
o Vulcan Mountain preserve on Farmer Road in Julian is open to riding.
o Anza Borrego area: Stagecoach camp in Shelter Valley reopened to horses, again! Camping with horses is available at Butterfield Resort. Primitive camping in Blair Valley. Vern Whittaker Camp will, as the others, be nice starting in the fall.
o Santa Ysabel Casino is holding periodic guided rides in their beautiful reservation off Hwy 79. Contact Casino for details.

How to Support CEA
• Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at
• Come to our meetings
• Donate tax deductible funds to further CEA’s work. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916.
Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

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